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TRENDS PAVING THE WAY

2-Minute CFB Handicap: Virginia: 6-1 $ off weekday loss … Georgia Tech: 0-5-1 $ vs. Hurricanes … Akron: host 7-0 SUATS in Buffalo series … Indiana: 1-7 $ first BB away games … Tulsa: 8-1 $ away after allow 37-plus points … Illinois: 6-1 $ off SUATS loss vs. foe off SUATS win … Nevada: Norvell 6-1 $ vs. conference foes off SUATS loss. Thought For The Day

What’s Going On Here

Vanderbilt’s 34-0 loss to UNLV is the SEC’s 3rd loss to the Mountain West this year (San Jose State defeated Arkansas and Wyoming defeated Missouri). The Spartans and the Cowboys have each lost to Tulsa this season. Sheesh.

Grinding Out The Profits

This from Coffee Club devotee Storman Normin’ … The complaining continues by the Yankees of the Astros’ ability to pick up signs and identify “tells” of pitchers (especially Paxton) tipping, and all the in-game whistling going on by the Astros. This is something that has been going on for years, and a previous NY team was the biggest culprit. In July of 1951 the Giants placed a team employee in the Giants’ clubhouse out in center field in the Polo Grounds with a telescope and a buzzer that sent a signal to both the Giants’ bullpen and to the telephone in the dugout. One buzz indicated a fastball and two buzzes would indicate a breaking ball. Ironically, during that span, the Giants went on a 37-7 run to catch the Dodgers, albeit some of the games were played on the road away from the Polo Grounds. First base was open, and a rookie named Mays was on deck, but they elected to pitch to Bobby Thomson although he hurt them in game one with a homer off the same pitcher who was called in to relieve Don Newcombe. It was confirmed years later that Thomson knew a fast ball was on its way when he hammered the inside pitch down the left field line (the signal came from the bullpen in the same spot that Thomson deposited the ball) resulting in the “shot heard round the world.” Actually, it wasn’t a shot that was heard… it was a buzzer.
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